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Below is a family biography included in The History of Benton County, Arkansas published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1889.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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Roland Mitchell, M. D., is one of the prominent physicians of Benton County, Ark., and was born in Alabama in 1827. His parents, Boswell and Mary Mitchell, were born in the “Palmetto State,” but were married in Alabama, where they resided until 1829, when they located in Georgia, and there spent the remainder of their lives. The father’s death occurred in 1844 at the age of forty-seven years, and the mother’s in 1881 at the age of eighty-seven years. Dr. Mitchell is the fifth of their seven children, and was educated in Georgia. He attended the second course of medical lectures ever delivered in Atlanta, and practiced the medical profession for four years in Tennessee before coming to Arkansas. He became a resident of the latter State in 1860, locating on Pea Ridge at Lee Town, and during the war had charge of the wounded at that place. After the battle of Pea Ridge he went to Fayetteville, Ark., and was appointed assistant surgeon of the United States army at that point. In June, 1866, he returned to Pea Ridge, and here has since been an active medical practitioner. He is the oldest physician on Pea Ridge, and was a member of the first medical board of Benton County. His first presidential vote was cast for Zachary Taylor, and he is a Master Mason. He was married in Tennessee to Miss Mary P. Lyde, who died in 1872, having borne two children: John and Mary I. His second marriage was with Miss Mary O. Rice, and four children have blessed their union, three of whom are living: Milton, Charles B. and Julia.

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This family biography is one of 240 biographies included in The History of Benton County, Arkansas published in 1889.  For the complete description, click here: Benton County, Arkansas History, Genealogy, and Maps

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